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IMAGES OF LIFE: A Collection of Poetry


Copyright © Edward T. Milligan, 2005

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E.T. Milligan examines subjects that are pertinent in today's society, offering sharp insights into the virtue that binds humans together and the vice that tears them apart. The collection includes the award-winning works "I'll Never Die", winner of the International Pen Award and Poet of Merit, and "If I Were a Tree", winner of the Editor's Preference Award for Poetry.

I'll Never Die

by E.T. Milligan from the poetry book ‘Images of Life’

you can strip me of my wishes.

you can take away from dreams.

you can thirst me of the waters,

by contaminating streams.

you can rob me of my richness,

untill I'm homeless bare and wry.

but unless you pierce my fighting heart,

and How? I'll Never Die.


you can blind me of my vision,

untill my life appears in a jam.

you can even ridicule me,

of everything I am.

you can fill me with such anger,

untill I can barely strain to cry.

but unless you take away my soul,

and How? I'll Never Die.


you can regulate my learning,

untill my ignorance is bliss.

confine me of my freedom,

untill captivity's remiss.

deplete my cultivations,

of resources which I rely.

but unless you disembowel my will,

and How? I'll Never Die.


you can take what I consider gold,

and tarnish it into rust.

disease by body tissue,

and cast it into dust.

expire life as swiftly,

as the blinking of an eye.

but unless you take me from my God,

and How? I'll Never Die.




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